Bundy hits low 90s during first spring game

Bundy hits low 90s during first spring game

PITTSBURGH -- The Orioles got good news on top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy's first extended spring game Tuesday, as the right-hander threw 18 pitches and his fastball averaged in the low 90s.

It was the first time Bundy -- who pitched against the Twins -- faced hitters from another organization since undergoing Tommy John surgery, and it was a big step for him, with manager Buck Showalter texting Bundy on Monday night.

Asked if Bundy, who will throw around 30 pitches and two innings on Saturday, is right where the O's hoped he would be, Showalter said: "I can say ahead, definitely not behind, but I'm not going to. He's just right in the progression. It's kind of like [Johan] Santana -- you got to make sure you don't get ahead of it."

Santana, who has also been throwing in extended spring camp, will make at least a couple more outings there before progressing to a rehab assignment.

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